Monday, 9 May 2016

Storing Pumpkins


The last of our pumpkins which were harvested at the end of Autumn of last year is finally being eaten.

I have to admit to giving a couple of them to the chickens who care not a jot if a snack is bit soft, soggy and almost mouldy, but we have enjoyed the majority of them.  In soups, stews and pasta sauces mostly they add their luscious taste and bulk out a meal nicely.

Of course this looks like a full pumpkin ....


... but if I turn it around you can see that I've already chopped it in half  ;-)


The good stuff is for us, ready to go in the oven and be roasted, the trimmings are for the chickens and the other half is being popped in the fridge until I decide what to do with it.

Pumpkins store really well, I just leave them to harden off where they grow for as long as I can and then bring them indoors.  Last years specimens lived on the conservatory windowsill looking very ornamental from harvest time until three days ago for this one.  You've got to love a vegetable that gives you so long to decided what to make with it haven't you.

Sue xx

14 comments:

  1. I love spicy pumpkin soup x

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  2. Goodness I knew you could store them but not like that and not that long.
    I think they would cook if placed on my window still.
    What a great vegetable indeed !

    cheers, parsnip

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  3. Great to know this, thanks, as we are growing one for Halloween and hopefully a spare.

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  4. Fantastic!! I'm growing some this year successfully for the first time (tried a few times before with no luck) I do hope my pumpkins and squashes grow big enough to store as long as yours :-)

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  5. Do not boil butternut squash, my folks have learned!

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  6. Oh, pumpkin and sweetcorn soup….just delicious, We have just one left too!

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  7. Here in Canada, pumpkin is used for pie. It is so delicious. It is pureed, has spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, etc. added and is baked in an open pastry crust. It is served a lot in the winter - at Thanksgiving and at Christmas.
    Myra from Winnipeg, Canada where we have lots of sunshine, wind, and smoke from the Fort McMurray fires.

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  8. I don;t grow pumpkins but I do grow lots of winter squashes, I've kept them until July before now!

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  9. I thought I had three left until this morning but alas, there was one sitting in a yucky pool of pumpkin juice - way past it's best! Still two more left.

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  10. I thought I had three left until this morning but alas, there was one sitting in a yucky pool of pumpkin juice - way past it's best! Still two more left.

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  11. I had no idea that pumpkins would last this long although I have kept them until Christmas.. Wondering what you will do with the roasted diced pumpkin... xo

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  12. I had no idea that pumpkins would last this long although I have kept them until Christmas.. Wondering what you will do with the roasted diced pumpkin... xo

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  13. Do you make pumpkin pie? I love them - and a great surprise to young people who have no idea what's in the dessert - and rarely guess!

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  14. I had three small ones, from a small type, but they all went bad and mouldy. Months ago. Am growing some more this year, but they don't seem to like my damp clay soil much

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